MOLINE CENTRE PLAN
WEST GATEWAY DISTRICT
The West Gateway District will be a high-density, mixed-use area within walking distance of the Centre Station transit stop and 5th and 6th Avenue retail area. The design and mix uses will emphasize a pedestrian-oriented environment that reinforces the use of public transportation.
The objective of this plan is to encourage transit-oriented development (TOD) at the Moline Centre Station location and develop a model for land use development at other existing or planned transit facilities. This plan provides recommendations to leverage investments in transit facilities to spur desired land uses and generate economic development.
The vision of the West Gateway District consists of three primary redevelopment areas:
As shown on the Preservation & Redevelopment map, the West Gateway District shows a high degree of redevelopment potential due to physical and visual blight as well as inappropriate land-use patterns.
Centre Station Redevelopment Zone
Centre Station in John Deere Commons is a mixed-use mass transit hub constructed in 1999. Centre Station was sited along the railroad tracks that run through the metropolitan area serving the riverfront corridors. The plan for Centre Station includes rail service. It is currently being studied as a potential Amtrak rail station and the central station for a rapid transit commuter system.
12th Street Housing Zone
The Master Plan calls for the reconfiguration of the entry into downtown at 5th Avenue. The former bus transfer site is proposed for assisted living. The areas around this site should be targeted for residential new construction infill. As much as possible, first floor retail/commercial should be encouraged with business that complement and serve the new residential neighborhood being created.
Marketplace Plaza (El Mercado)
The design of El Mercado will reflect the heritage of the abutting Floreciente neighborhood. Storefront should be constructed in conjunction with the community recreation center that would provide affordable retail and restaurant space for those within the community to open a new or expand an existing business. In warmer months, an outdoor “mercado” or market will be sent up with vendors selling foods and crafts.
The design strategy is to create a pedestrian-scaled mixed-use area and a symbolic west entry to Moline Centre. Mixed commercial and residential buildings are proposed along 12th Street with coordinated residential developments proposed for the blocks west of 12th Street. All structures should be two to four stories in height and with minimal setbacks. Pedestrian streetscape improvements tie these developments together.
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